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May 08

Quick: General Manager Search Heating Up

By caseyholdahl

The Portland Trail Blazers offseason will be defined by four tasks: finding a general manager, conducting the 2012 draft, navigating free agency and finding a new head coach. There's not much you can do about free agency until July, and it probably makes sense to hire a general manager who will, in turn, play a large role in determining who the team's next coach is, so that search is probably best left until a new GM is in place.

Which leaves us with the most pressing tasks of finding a new GM and preparing for the draft. The process of determining targets for the 2012 draft is already well underway, and from the sounds of it, the general manager search is making some headway as well.

In an interview with Jason Quick of The Oregonian, team president Larry Miller drops some specifics on where the Trail Blazers are at in the process, which has been going on, in earnest, since before the end of the regular season.
The Trail Blazers’ search for a general manager has accelerated to the point that owner Paul Allen has conducted a face-to-face interview with a candidate, according to team president Larry Miller.

Miller would not divulge the name of the candidate, but he said the interview with Allen last week was with a former general manager who has a long history in the NBA.

“I think it went pretty well,’’ Miller said.

(snip)

“I think we have some really viable candidates right now, candidates who seem like they would be a good fit, would bring the kind of experience we are looking for,’’ Miller said. “So I’m optimistic we are making some progress.’’
The story goes on to quote one rumored candidate, former Knicks general manager and president Donnie Walsh, who says he has not been contacted by the Trail Blazers. The team has reportedly asked permission to speak with current Pacers general manager David Morway, who sounds interested in further discussion.

“At some point I will evaluate (Portland’s) situation, and the situation here and make some decision,’’ Morway told Quick. “But right now, I haven’t done that.’’

As the article notes, the timeline for the search remains in flux, as the team will likely have to wait until the the playoffs or over, or at least until the teams potential candidates work for have been eliminated.

4 Comments

  1. Casey, I still hope they chose Chad, but if he is not the one, then that part of business needs to be taken care of. If almost everything is done by committee then who we get isn't of that importance, but getting the head coach search done is for the purpose of who to draft FA and Trades for the new coaches direction; I am confident that things will work out, and I have been saying for quite a while that we would probably have to wait until play-offs are over and SAS wins it all.

    by Hg on 5/8/2012 9:02 AM
  2. I'd love to have morway as our gm. Brought in David west, drafted Paul George, got George hill in a nice trade and put together a contending team.

    by Choong Huh on 5/8/2012 10:53 AM
  3. Can he work well with Monty Williams?

    by mbmurr1 on 5/8/2012 11:28 AM
  4. Glad to hear there is progress being made. I believe everything is just waiting on that lone hire. I seriously CANNOT wait until things start falling into place :)

    by SisillaRiann on 5/8/2012 4:51 PM
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